When I was a child, Christmas was the holiday when my maternal grandmother would go all out making cookies and candies. Divinity, fudge, gingerbread, sugar cookies, dog food (my family’s nickname for her special peanut butter pinwheel candy), pies, pumpkin-zucchini bread and all manner of goodies filled her house with yummy smells and warmth.
In 1989, the Monday before Thanksgiving, she passed away, and many of her recipes were lost – the orange chiffon cake, apple pie, pumpkin-zucchini bread, and fresh whipped honey butter haven’t been found, but I did find the sugar cookies and gingerbread recipes, and my aunt unearthed the divinity and fudge recipes. And every Christmas, I make sure to stir up a double batch of sugar cookie dough – one to cook and one to eat raw. I freeze the raw dough and ship the baked cookies and dough overnight to my mom and sister on the West Coast.
Nine years ago, on December 18th, started my journey as a published author with the release of Santa’s Elf. In the novel, Christmas is right around the corner and the heroine loves all the decorations and joy that go with the season.
For the hero of Santa’s Elf, Christmas is the worst time of the year, and cookies only make matters worse. Despite the fact that Dayton has been dubbed the “Sexy Santa of San Diablo”, and that he’s a toy maker with the last name Kringle, he’s very much a bah, humbug kind of man when it comes to holiday cheer.
That all changes when he makes a deal with the heroine, Elfina. Some time around his Elf, drags feelings and emotions out of Dayton that he’s buried most of his life, the biggest being the ability to enjoy the smell and taste of fresh-baked cookies.
My Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is modified from the version you find on the back of a chocolate chip bag.
Cookies For Christmas
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar (I prefer dark brown instead of light brown sugar)
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use vanilla bean paste in the same measure)
2 ¼ cup unbleached flour (organic or whole grain if you can find it)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ -1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional)
½ - ¾ tablespoon ground ginger (optional)
12 ounces (1 package) chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Set aside.
In large bowl, using a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until just blended.
Carefully add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until thoroughly blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
On an ungreased cookie sheet (non-stick works best), drop the cookie dough in rounded teaspoonfuls (I use a 2-inch cookie scoop) about 2 inches apart.
Cook for 9-12 minutes or until the edges begin to turn a golden brown.
Remove from oven and place cookie sheet on cooling rack for 5-10 minutes.
Carefully remove from cookie sheet when still slightly warm, place on plate or in airtight container.
This recipe should make approximately 5 dozen cookies.
If you don’t want to bake all of them at once and would like to save some for later, drop in rounded teaspoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) into a freezer safe container, and place in the freezer.
I’ve used semi-sweet, milk, white, and dark chocolate chips in these cookies. I’ve also mixed white, dark, and milk chocolate chips, as well with great results.
After four years of unrequited love, and steamy fantasies, Elfina "Elf" Jeffries has just about given up on gaining her boss's attention. How was any self-respecting woman supposed to seduce a man who was oblivious to her cues? Then the first gift arrived...
Every Santa needs an Elf, and Dayton Kringle is no exception. His offer for a temporary affair, just long enough to get from Christmas Eve to New Year's, will satisfy a four-year craving.
His is a simple design:
One beautiful Elf
Twelve sexy gifts
A little spanking
Some light bondage
And ten days of no-strings sex
...make one very satisfied Santa. But when the ten days are up, will he be able to give up the Elf of his wildest Dominant dreams?
Thank you, Qwillia Rain, for sharing these delicious looking cookies. Santa's elf looks pretty good also.